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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What injuries has Farfadet sustained when the narrator meets him at the refuge?
2. Paradis insists that he and the narrator leave the farmhouse before what happens?
3. What is the author's opinion about what the characters will say in his book?
4. Why does Barque suggest that the author might have the characters in his book use "big words" instead of speaking naturally?
5. What do the men note about the commandant?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This novel is alleged to be semi auto-biographical, and there are strong hints that the narrator of the story is the author. Still, little is revealed about the narrator, although it is clear that he is not like the other men of the squad.
Part 1) Describe as many details about the narrator as possible. What are his personality traits? What is his background and history?
Part 2) Explain what sets the narrator apart from the other men of the squad. How is he different in speech, action, and thought? What does this say about his character?
Part 3) What evidence exists to suggest that the author and narrator are the same person? Is there any evidence to the contrary? What is the author's intent in this regard?
Part 4) Describe the literary intent of suggesting, but never confirming, that the narrator is the author.
Essay Topic 2
Eudoxie is a major character, although her time in the story is brief. She affects many characters and their interactions with her illuminate many details about these individuals.
Part 1) Who is Eudoxie? Where does she come from? What is unusual about her? Why is she frequently seen in seemingly dangerous areas near the front?
Part 2) Describe the effects that Eudoxie has on some of the men of the squad.
Part 3) Explain Eudoxie's purpose as a character. What does she represent, and what themes does her character relate to or affect?
Essay Topic 3
The author demonstrates that in the war, life is cheap. Soldiers on both sides die for mundane reasons with no clear gain. The poilus of Bertrand's squad and others show that the deaths of strangers mean little to them, and the death of friends is common and unremarkable, though sad.
Part 1) Cite and explain examples from the book to show how the author establishes the poilus' attitude towards death..
Part 2) Discuss the theme of the cheapness of life. What are some of the smallest and most meaningless reasons that soldiers die in the novel? How do the soldiers react to these events?
Part 3) Do the men of Cpl. Bertrand's squad seem aware of the cheapness of their own lives? How do they deal with the nearly constant threat of death, and the knowledge that death may mean nothing?
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